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Methods

Impact Monitoring and Evaluation

evaplan staff has extensive experience in undertaking programme and project reviews for a variety of bi- and multi-lateral agencies or to participate in reviewing entire health sectors. evaplan is also supporting the establishment of result-based monitoring systems for projects and programmes in various countries such as Yemen and Tanzania.

Strategy & Concept Papers

Throughout the years, evaplan has developed a number of strategy documents and concept papers for bi- and multi-lateral agencies. These have included a review of the effects of climate change on public health in the South, on issues around health and nutrition, on the effects of Global Health Initiatives on health systems, upon the future human resources strategies that the German Development Cooperation could pursue and on how to go about gender-mainstreaming. In particular, several key documents have been produced in the area of sexual and reproductive health and rights, on promoting the integration of SRHR and HIV, on gender- based violence, the trafficking of human beings and the commercial sexual exploitation of minors.

Capacity Development

Together with our associates at the Heidelberg Institute of Global Health (HIGH) at the University Hospital Heidelberg, evaplan staff has been involved in the development of a number of the following portfolio of short courses in the area of International Health. Furthermore, we contribute regularly to teaching the courses. evaplan has developed tailor-made curricula that use methodologies of face-to-face, blended and online learning for commissioning agencies or in partnership with academic institutions around the world.

Currently, the Heidelberg Institute of Global Health at Heidelberg University, Germany, offers in cooperation with evaplan tutored and self-paced e-learning courses and face-to-face short courses in Social Protection and Social Security, Quality Improvement and Patient Safety: https://evaplan-training.org.

Operational & Implementation Research

A key area of evaplan‘s methodological competence is in the field of operational research using different qualitative and quantitative methods, including systematic literature reviews, policy analysis, and management and coordination of research projects. Examples include case studies undertaken for the World Health Organization to explore the extent that HIV & AIDS programmes are integrated in health systems in a cross section of countries across the Middle East and Northern African region, a mapping exercise of the availability of human resources in health facilities in the Southern Zone of Tanzania undertaken for GIZ, and in the area of sexual and reproductive health baseline and impact studies in Morocco and Yemen on knowledge, attitudes and practice of young people regarding sexual and reproductive health.

evaplan carried out the management of a large epidemiological study SARS – Cov 2 in the Heidelberg region on behalf and in cooperation with HIGH.

Documentation of “Good Practice” & Knowledge Management

evaplan has a wealth of experience in the documentation of promising or “good” practices for purposes of experience sharing, knowledge management and public relations. This facilitates replicability or adaptation of transfer of concepts and practice in other settings. A prominent example of evaplan‘s work in the area of good practices comprises a report on the results of the implementation of the German HIV/AIDS Action Plan commissioned by the Federal Ministry of Health.

Arranging & Accompanying Technical Study Tours

evaplan arranges study tours for health care managers and decision makers from partner countries. Programmes to date have been thematically focused upon mechanism and institutions of social health protection, as well as features of the German health system including the setting and implementation of standards and procedures and quality assurance management. Diverse forms of institutionalization and the interplay of legislation and self-administration have been of particular interest.

Study tours were implemented for high-ranking delegations from Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan on behalf of GIZ anf KfW. These were followed up by a regional symposium in Central Asia whose aim was to develop an understanding of key elements of quality improvement framework, and the roles and responsibilities of different actors to make these frameworks work. Also further opportunities for quality improvement in maternal health in participants‘ respective countries as well as through collaboration of countries were identified.

On behalf of Capacity Building International, Germany study tours have been arranged for international delegates to deepen their knowledge around quality management and health financing in Vietnam and Cambodia as well as in Tanzania and Kenya.